Funding Advice for Disabled Musicians

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We know that lots of Disabled musicians would benefit from funding to grow and develop their skills, music and career. However, often artists don’t feel confident in applying. People think that it’s not for them, or find the process inaccessible.

We want that to change and so we are sharing these friendly and accessible guides to funding, created as part of Digital: Connect. The videos feature an introduction to the funder, advice on how to apply and interviews with Disabled musicians who have already been through the process.

Each video has subtitles and audio description and is accessibly paced. There are links in the description under the videos so you can go directly to the section you are interested in.


This video looks at 2 Arts Council funding schemes:

  • Developing Your Creative Practice (often called DYCP)
  • National Lottery Project Grants.

It features an interview with electric cellist, Jo-anne Cox.


This video looks at 2 PRS Foundation funding opportunities which are open to music creators who are making original music:

  • Open Fund for Music Creators
  • Women Make Music

This video features an interview with Robyn Steward.

More videos coming soon!

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The Digital:Connect project is managed by DM creative facilitator, Abigail Ward.

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, along with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Garrick Charitable Trust, has helped us to create Digital:Connect.

Image: Tyler Lastovich